A food forest is a collection of plants, trees, and fungi meant to provide low input food resources for humans and/or animals.

To me a food forest should be open to all, provide food, and should focus on low-maintenance plants and fungi. The intention is for the forest to aid in the food sovereignty of a community, giving people a way to feed themselves.

I first learned about food forests on twitter, from the thread below:

Then I looked up my area to see if there was a food forest in my area and that’s how I found the Clifton Park Food Forest. You can see a highlight of our explorations in the food forest at the link below:


I’ve eaten very well from the food forest. Last fall, on my first visit, I foraged Chicken-of-the-Woods mushrooms and used them in an amazingly tasty bibimbap. More recently I harvested woodear mushrooms and used them in an omelette. Some of our community members are collecting garlic-mustard and stinging nettles at this time of year for cooking greens, making pesto, putting on pizza, or drying for tea. I can’t wait for the fruits of the summer: peaches, pears, apples, serviceberries, pawpaws, wine berries.

I’m excited to see what the food forest teaches me this year about eating seasonally, and what i might be inspired to add to the ecosystem.

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